Wanda Sykes Comes Out

Comedian Wanda Sykes says the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California has led to her be more outspoken about being gay.”You know, I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn’t feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life,” Sykes told a crowd at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas on Saturday. “Everybody that knows me personally, they know I’m gay. But that’s the way people should be able to live their lives,” she said. Sykes, 44, also revealed that she had wed her girlfriend in California less than two weeks before the new law went into effect. “When my wife and I leave California, I want to have my marriage also recognized in Nevada, in Arizona, all the way to New York,” she said, adding that the gay community’s galvanization over the state ban would lead to grassroots action on the federal level.

Sykes also disputed the much-reported claim that 70 percent of black voters in California voted to ban gay marriage. Several prominent writers, including Dan Savage, have railed against homophobic blacks. Wanda said the exit polls were wrong and admonished the press, “Please stop spreading that 70 percent of African-Americans voted Yes on Prop 8 because it’s just not true.”

Sykes, who is known for her feisty and blunt style, said the passage of California’s Proposition 8 made her feel like she was “attacked.” “Now, I gotta get in their face,” she said. “I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay.”



  1. Absolutely not a shock. I can’ t understand why people (gay) fight so hard for people to recognize them. Who cares if that’s the way you choose to live your life. Some of us are trying to raise our kids the right way…..geez, read a bible already. I Corinthians 6:9.

  2. She is a gorgeous woman and if she chose to love another woman that’ s her right and it is perfectly fine in my book 🙂 Love is definitely Love

  3. Good for her. She is still funny and will always be Biggie-Shorty to me! LOL I hope that’s the correct name of her character on Pootie Tang. :hifive:

  4. Be who you are, love who you want and its nobody’s business. This Prop 8 thing is going to get ugly. Hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples are already married. Who are we to tell people who they can and cannot marry? This is a human rights issue..I don’t understand why people don’t see it thay way 🙁

  5. Not shocking at all. But I am glad that she felt comfortable enough to share that. Good for her!

    I’m glad that she set the record straight about African Americans are responsible for banning Gay marriage because it has already been proven that is wrong.

  6. Oh shut the phuk up with that jgodmadness
    god is about love so if you judge someone else because they love someone else
    then ya going to hell so shat up!

  7. @prettylady818: We are not telling them who they can and cannot be with. God has already laid the rule down. You are right we don’t have the power to tell anyone how to live their lives only God has that right and he has stated that a man shall not lay with another man and a woman shall not lay with another woman. Those are the words from the man upstairs. And they have every right to live their lives how they want it and I have every right not to accept it. I don’t believe in same sex marriage. They have their right to fight for it and I have my right not to vote for it.

    Now you have a confused woman who thinks she is a man about to have her second child and insist on calling herself a man. No man can have kids. So people can call themselves whatever title they want but the reality of it is you are what you were born to be. She is still a woman and she is in a lesbian relationship with a woman. I know I probably just went further than I needed to, but , it is starting to irritate me becaue they always want to compare themselves to being black and it is the furthest thing from being black.

  8. Great comment Bria. I cannot choose the color of my skin but I can choose who I lay down with.

  9. fine lay with whomever you choose, but i’m having a really big problem with the comparison that being gay is just like being black!!!!!! no,no,no,no, hell to the no!!!!!!!! our people were beaten,killed,humiliated, sold, raped,starved, brought to a place we did not asked to come to. gay folks are just being told no you can’t get married ….where are the similarities here? i’m black 24 hours of the day, and can’t say oh i’m black today let me come out, or i don’t feel like being black today so let me change my mind. Being gay and being black are not the same at all, and if you are gay and black you should feel ashamed for letting caucasians make such a wrong comparison, again we are letting caucasian people dismiss the fact that they enslaved us without our permisson and just because we have a black president it doesn’t mean that all is forgotten.

  10. Damn Wanda! SMH Cosign Mrs. Parker. Gay is a sexual peference and should not be compared to race.

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